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US justices: Treaty can't be used in assault case
Court says wife who committed an attack cannot be convicted using chemical weapons treaty
Associated Press
2014-06-02 10:42 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court says prosecutors may not rely on an international chemical weapons treaty to convict a woman who attacked her husband's mistress.

The justices on Monday threw out the conviction of Carol Anne Bond, who was prosecuted under a 1999 law based on the chemical weapons treaty. Bond got a six-year prison term after being convicted of using toxic chemicals that caused a thumb burn on a friend who had become her husband's lover.

Chief Justice John Roberts said the state of Pennsylvania's laws are sufficient to deal with the threats posed by a woman in a love triangle.

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